Former Africa star Asamoah Gyan has downpoured comparisons between himself and AS Roma starlet Felix Afena-Gyan.
Aside from the similarities in their surname, Ghanaian football enthusiasts have drawn comparisons between the aforementioned duo following Afena-Gyan’s debut appearance for the Black Stars.
But the former Ghana captain reckons it is too early to make such comparisons despite the visible similarities in their style of play.
“Don’t put pressure on the boy, it’s too early to do that comparison, maybe there might be a lookalike,” Gyan told on Citi TV
“He is a very good player, the pace and passion I watched him play in the game against Nigeria shows he wants to give something to the fans.” “He had cramps and when a player has cramps, it shows that he gave everything, that is what I love about him.”
Afena-Gyan joined AS Roma youth academy from Ghanaian based lower-tier side EurAfrica Academy in January 2021 but broke the headlines after after scoring brace against Genoa in the Italian Serie A.
His qualities at the AS Roma youth side attracted first team coach Jose Mourinho to hand him a promotion to make his debut against Cagliari in October last year.
Born in January 2003 in Sunyani, he was still playing schoolboy football in Ghana until January 2021, when picked up by Roma via the EurAfrica FC Academy.
Afena-Gyan is the first player born in 2003 to score in the Italian Serie A against Genoa in November 2021. He has made twenty (20) appearances for AS Roma in all competitions with two goals in his debut season.
He honoured Ghana’s invitation to feature in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Nigeria last month. Earlier the year, he turned down a call-up to play for Black Stars at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.